Six Killed On Illinois Highway After Windstorm Kicks Up Blinding Dust

  • At least six motorists in southern Illinois were killed when a windstorm kicked up blinding dust off farm fields, causing numerous crashes.
  • The late-morning crashes occurred on Interstate 55 and involved 40 to 60 cars and multiple tractor-trailers, police said.
  • Two of the tractor-trailers caught fire.
  • “The cause of the crashes is due to excessive winds blowing dirt from farm fields across the highway, leading to zero visibility,” said Illinois State Police Maj. Ryan Starrick
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